Court Reporting Resource Guide

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ICM course incorporates technology.

  • In this course, participants will learn the fundamentals of Project Management for Courts with an emphasis on court technology projects as well as learn how technology can be used in all of the National Association for Court Managements core competencies.  This course takes place in Chesapeake, VA from August 24-26, 2020.

The role of the court reporter is an imperative one – it is their responsibility to ensure that the court proceedings are done accurately and completely.  While the use of technology is allowing this role to evolve, all court reporting methods ultimately have one key requirement: properly trained professionals and reliable recording equipment.

Links to related online resources are listed below. Non-digitized publications may be borrowed from the NCSC Library; call numbers are provided.


Featured Links

  • Suskin, Lee and James McMillan. Digital Court Recording Makes the Record Effectively. (2014). Article discusses state and local courts successful use of digital recording as an accurate, cost-effective means to produce and obtain the verbatim court record. Discusses standards, practices, and procedures in place to ensure the success of the transition from stenographic to digital recording.
  • Suskin, Lee and James McMillan. Making the Record: Utilizing Digital Electronic Recording. (2013). National Center for State Courts. This report addresses the governance and management structures needed to provide oversight of a digital recording program, recommended courtroom procedures and best practices, recommendations on managing the production of transcripts, and recommendations and minimum standards for digital recording systems, software, and equipment.
  • State Court Organization - Table 3.10a. Table showing, by trial court, the method used to create the record as well as information regarding its ownership. Data includes who prepares the record, methods used to create the verbatim record (including audio recording, steno type, video recording, and/or voice-writing), who owns the record, and who retains the record.

Task Force and Committee Reports

  • Digital Recording: Changing Times for Making the Record. (2009). Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA). This COSCA white paper describes the challenges of current methods, the opportunities of digital recording methods, and the national implementation strategies and transitions tools to achieve digital recording.
  • Arizona Supreme Court Committee on Keeping the Record, Final Report. (2005). This Final Report presents findings and makes recommendations after its evaluation of court reporting practices in Arizona, electronic alternatives, and emerging issues relating to keeping the record.
  • Chief Judges Making the Record Committee Final Report. (2004). Wisconsin Circuit Courts A study designed to bring chief judges and court reporters into greater confidence with each other.
  • Reporting of the Court Record Task Force. (2004). California Judicial Council. Specifically, the task force's work will promote the council's goals of broadening access to the courts; ensuring that justice is administered in a timely and efficient manner; reducing the expense of litigation through simplification and standardization of court practices; and utilizing technology to enable the courts to collect, process, analyze and share information.
  • Task Force on the Certification of Court Reporters. (2006). Supreme Court of Ohio. In March 2006 Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer formed the Supreme Court Task Force on the Certification of Court Reporters. The task force is charged with developing a process by which persons serving as court reporters in Ohio's courts will meet standards to be developed by the task force. The task force members include judges, court reporters, attorneys and court administrators.
  • Reporting of the Record Task Force Report Final Report. (2005). Judicial Council of California. A state-created task force designed to illuminate the current rigors of court reporting, as well as report on the future of the position, as well as technological improvements.
  • Committee on Court Reporting Final Report Recommendations. (1991). New Jersey Judiciary. The committee recommended that each county should be provided with a videotaped courtroom to create the record and that all superior-court courtrooms should be equipped with sound-recording equipment as an alternative to court reporters.

General

  • Carver, John and Barry Mahoney. How to Conduct an Assessment of Your Court's Record-Making Operations. (2002). The Justice Management Institute for the National Court Reporters Association. This tool was developed by the Justice Management Institute with funding and guidance from the National Court Reporters Foundation.  Volume 1, The Self-Assessment Guide, provides an overview of record-making technology and its implications for the future, advice on preparing and conducting the self-assessment, and how to develop an action plan. Volume 2, The Resource Manual, provides materials for the self-assessment process. Also available is the Executive Summary, which helps to explain the benefits of moving forward with a systemic review of a court's record-making approach.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-2013: Court Reporters. (2012-2013). Washington, D.C: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), revised every two years by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, provides valuable information about the court reporter career field.  Included in the OOH are salary statistics and projected employment statistics.
  • Steelman, David, William Slate, and William Hewitt. Proposed Criteria and Methodology for Evaluation of Court Reporting Alternatives in the Province of Ontario. (1993). NCSC and Justice Research Institute. Due to budget constraints, Ontario courts were looking at alternatives to court reporters. This report offers suggested methodology to assess the operation of sound recordings (the alternative used in several pilot sites).
  • Rottman, David et al. Table 37-Making the Trial Record. (2006). State Court Organization 2004. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics This chart presents a 50-state overview of the different types of court-reporting methods used.
  • The Status of Reporter Education: Trends and Analysis. (2002). National Court Reporters Association. Report presents an overview of the current state of court reporter education in the nation's courts.  Attention is paid to the decline in the number of reporting students, the legal community's perception of court reporting, and NCRA's student recruitment and education initiatives in an effort to establish a benchmark for further programs and to eliminate the shortage of professional reporters.

Digital Recording

Organizations

  • American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers. The American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers provides education and certification for professionals engaged in digital reporting, transcribing, and associated roles. AAERT offers networking opportunities for its members and promotes public awareness about the value of digital reporting.
  • National Court Reporters Association. Organization that promotes and aids those who convert the spoken word of courts to text.
  • The United States Court Reporters Association. The United States Court Reporters Association is the national representative for the federal court reporting profession.  The Association is committed to promoting and maintaining the highest standards of verbatim reporting, quality services, professional ethics, fidelity to the ideals of the judicial system, and advocating continuing education as well as the utilization of state-of-the-art technologies.

CART

  • CART Providers Manual. (2001). National Court Reporters Association. The NCRA's manual for CART providers includes information on successfully maneuvering in the courtroom with the CART program through the necessary qualities and elements of professionalism, skills, location setup, legal setting, broadcast captioning, remote cart, equipment, and compensation information.
  • Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) in the Courtroom: Model Guidelines. (2002). American Judges Foundation and the National Court Reporters Foundation. Document provides information on properly implementing the CART system, including protocols concerning attorneys, jurors, witnesses, and civil parties.
  • NCRF/AJF Introduce Model Guidelines for CART in the Courtroom. National Court Reporters Association. The Model Guidelines for CART in the Courtroom provides the definition of the CART program, explanations on how citizens can request CART services, and descriptions of the appropriate procedure for approving CART service throughout the judicial system.
  • Matthew Kleiman. Report on Use and Compensation of Court Reporters in North Carolina. (2014). Study by NCSC of work of the Superior Courts and the employment and assignment of court reporters in those courts. Compares North Carolina practices to those of South Carolina and Virginia (court reporters), Kentucky (video), and Utah (audio).